Project Walk® Center in Portland Outgrows its Space After Just One Year
After celebrating its first anniversary, Project Walk must focus on raising funds to move its Portland Center into a more suitable location.

Portland, OR -- Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center recently hosted its first annual Run, Walk and Roll 5K on Sunday, August 12, 2007 at its Portland Center. The event featured Project Walk clients and families participating in a 5k followed by a demonstration on The Dardzinski Method™ and Project Walk training techniques. The event was very similar to the organization’s first Steps to Recovery Event in that family and friends gathered to celebrate each other and their success. Like all of Project Walk’s fundraising events, bringing awareness to the program and showcasing the importance of it in the lives of the clients and the spinal cord injury (SCI) community were some of the main goals on the event. The proceeds of the Run, Walk and Roll event will support the need to open and equip a new and much bigger center in Portland to accommodate the growing client demand. Currently the management at Project Walk is looking to move into a new center that would be approximately 5,000sq ft most of which will be training space. The center will house the latest equipment developed for SCI exercise-based recovery programs. In the last two months alone, Project Walk has added approximately $20,000 of new equipment to the current Portland Center and is working to fundraise an additional $100,000 to fund more equipment once the new center is acquired. Once complete and fully outfitted, the Center promises to be the most complete and comprehensive SCI exercise-based recovery center in the Pacific Northwest.

Please continue to visit the website, www.ProjectWalk.org, for new and updated information on the progress of the expansion of the Portland Center. If you would like to be a part of this exciting expansion as a donor, please contact Marianna Ochoa, Marketing/Development Director at Marianna@projectwalk.org. If you are interested in visiting the Portland Center please contact Nat Willis, Facility Manager, at natw@projectwalk.org.